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UTA names Chris Ogden as new basketball coach

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas at Arlington has hired Texas Tech assistant Chris Ogden as its new basketball coach.

The Mavericks introduced Ogden on Friday. The former Texas Longhorns  player and assistant coach spent the past two years on Chris Beard’s staff at Texas Tech, which finished second in the Big 12 this season and made it to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.

Ogden replaces Scott Cross, who was fired March 26 after 12 seasons as head coach. Cross played at UTA, and then was an assistant coach before leading the Mavericks to 225 wins and their only NCAA Tournament. They won 72 games the past three seasons, with 21 this year before losing to Georgia State in the Sun Belt Conference tournament final.

A player on Texas’ 2003 NCAA Final Four team, Ogden later worked for coach Rick Barnes with the Longhorns and at Tennessee before going to Texas Tech.

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